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Most people my age didn’t mind at all and were really accepting.“My parents and my family were definitely a lot less easy, and if anything were upset and disappointed by it.It is also important to recognise the context of this kind of research.“Although people may feel comfortable answering an anonymous survey, they may struggle to open up about their identity with friends, family or colleagues.“That’s why we are encouraging allies to ‘Come Out for LGBT’ and support equality for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people so we can achieve acceptance without exception.” Emily Knipe, of the Office for National Statistics, said: “In 2016, around 2 per cent of the population identified themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual.This has increased from 1.7 per cent in 2015 – a statistically significant increase.“London had the largest proportion of the population who identified as LGB (2.7 per cent), which could be associated with a relatively young and diverse population.” .Keith Carlton, a psychotherapist from the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) familiar with LGBT issues, welcomed the statistics saying they indicated that people feel more able to be “open” about their sexuality, and emphasised the “awful” impact on one’s mental health when societal pressures make them feel unable to.
She told “It was a lot easier to come out among my friends.
To ensure that LGBT people feel safe and supported, it is vital to recognise the discrimination and anti-LGBT abuse that still exists.
“Our recent hate crime research shows that one in five LGBT people (21 per cent) has experienced a hate crime or incident due to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity in the last 12 months.
Representation is really important – and as more and more celebrities and public figures come out as bisexual and gay, there is less pressure to fit into a certain stereotype.” The ONS data shows that older age groups were less likely to identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual, with only 0.7 per cent of those aged 65-and-over doing so and 2.9 per cent among 25- to 34-year-olds.
Around 2.7 per cent of people in London identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual – the highest proportion of any English region.